I hear from many people in their forties, fifties, and even their sixties, “I’m too old to start working out.” I’d like to prove them wrong! I want to be here as a virtual coach to encourage you; give you advise; and motivate you to start and continue to stay active later in life. I want to provide you with information, the tools and show you how important staying active is.
I am not a fitness trainer, nor do I have a degree in nutrition, I’m just an average girl who likes a challenge. I’ve been active for 14 years. This is my life choice! I’ve been working out with the same group of people since I first walked into the gym. I’ve observed many different types of activities over the years and learned that there are ways to keep things interesting and how to avoid injuries. I want to teach you the importance of working out with consistency and to increase your fitness level and improve your overall health.
Why Is It Important To Stay Active?
When our bodies age we being to loose muscle mass. Muscle mass is what helps our bodies to do our day to day activities, like lifting groceries, walking, and taking care of our homes. Muscle mass declines with age, starting in the forties and speeding up in your fifties and sixties. Staying active later in life helps fight declining muscle mass and empowers you to live a long, strong, healthy life. Nobody wants to give up their independence, right? This is why staying active needs to a priority in your life.
Staying active doesn’t mean you need to spend hours in the gym, or even spending tons of money on a personal trainer. Staying active can be walks in the park, parking in the farthest end of a parking lot, taking the stairs instead of an elevator. Whatever you choose, you make it fun and you keep it interesting.
How Much Time Do You Really Need To Invest?
There are many article that will provide you with numbers. I, on the other hand, don’t believe that there is a specific amount of time that you need to invest. As long as you are staying active and keep in mind that more is better. Start small, I don’t care if it’s ten minutes here or twenty minutes there, just keep moving. My ideas on work outs that work are based on your level. They are ideas that you can do almost anywhere, whether its ten minutes to two or more hours (based of course on your level.)
There are several health benefits to staying active later in life. Some of the things you should know about them and why its empowering to staying active.
This is just a brief list of the benefits:
- Boosts Brainpower
- Reduces Stress
- Helps Fight Against Diseases
- Improves Muscle Mass Lose
- Boots Energy
If you need more convincing this article from MebMD on Fit and 40-Plus will help!
I hope you decide to start and stay active. As we age we need to keep our muscles strong–fight the aging process. All the health benefits should be more than enough to convince you to staying active. Just remember to start small and work up your tolerance. Staying focused and don’t give up. After time you will see all the changes in your body from increased muscle mass, more energy, and even some weight loss.
In my next article in this series, I will be covering Where To Begin.